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Sepro’s Presence at K 2013 will be Largest Ever; 22 Robots to Represent ‘Free Choice’ Concept

Sepro 5X-35 five-axis robot

With a total of 22 robots on display on its own stand and in the booths of six partner companies, Sepro Robotique intends to show visitors to the K 2013 trade fair that no other company offers so much choice in injection-molding automation.

“When we talk about ‘Your Free Choice in Robots,’” explains Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro Robotique, “we’re showing potential customers that no matter what their application, no matter where they are located, no matter what their operating parameters, Sepro has options that can meet their needs. We are a global company, with in-depth engineering and manufacturing capabilities, strong technical and marketing partnerships, unmatched service and support, and a diverse product offering, and we intend to be the #1 robot supplier in the markets we serve.”

After many years in Hall 10 at the Messe Dusseldorf fairgrounds, Sepro is moving to Hall 12 Booth A49 in order to gain more floor space. Covering a total of 255 m2, the display will be the largest ever for Sepro. It will showcase the latest Sepro technology, including much that has never been seen before. For instance:

• 5X Line and 6X Visual Together in an Automation Cell
Two 6-axis articulated-arm units will be shown operating together with three 5-axis Cartesian robots in an entertaining automation ballet. Developed by Sepro Robotique in partnership with Stäubli Robotics, these two robot families are aimed at injection-molding applications requiring complex part manipulation. The 5-axis 5X Line is based on high-precision Sepro 3-axis Cartesian beam robots and a 2-axis Stäubli servo wrist. The two additional compact servo rotations make it easy to adapt to challenging applications like insert placing, complex extraction paths in the mold, path tracking for flame treatment, and the like. The 6X Visual line of robots combines a Stäubli 6-axis articulated-arm robot with easy-to-use Sepro Visual 3 control to deliver an automation solution specifically for injection molding. Five models are available to serve injection-molding machines from 20 to 4000 tons.

• Multi-Material Molding & In-Mold Decoration with Multi-Inject 20 on Sumitomo Demag IMM
The vertical injection unit on a bi-material injection-molding machine might interfere with movement of a standard beam robot, but the Sepro Multi-Inject 20 robot, which is being shown for the first time at K 2013, is different. This specially designed unit will be operating on a 210-ton Sumitomo Demag machine with a two-position rotating mold for making ice scrapers with soft-touch gripping surfaces. In operation, the robot picks a decorative label from a feeder and places it on the molded scraper body before the gripping material is over-molded. Then it removes the finished product to a conveyor as the cycle repeats.

• S5-15 Axial Robot Demonstrates Insert-Molding on 60T Arburg IMM
A 60T Arburg injection-molding machine will be operating with an S5-15 robot, the smallest model in Sepro’s line of high-performance 3-axis servo-driven units for applications requiring multi-axis, multi-function parts manipulation. The robot will be presented in an axial configuration so that the horizontal beam runs parallel to the injection unit. This cell will produce a toy car with wheels that move on metal axles. A cycle begins as the robot picks metal axles form a feeder and places them in the tool. The wheels are molded on the axles as the body of the car is molded in another cavity. After molding, the robot removes all components from the mold and places inserts for the next cycle before moving the finished parts outside the molding area. Wheels and axles are placed in a fixture at the end of the molding machine and the body of the car is press-fit onto them. Finally the finished car is placed on a conveyor and the cycle repeats.

Other elements on the Sepro stand will include a demonstration of the Success Range of all-servo general purpose robots. Built using S-Platform technology that was perfected on the high-performance S5 Line, Success robots are faster and able to handle bigger, heavier parts than many similar robots. Thus, they become truly affordable robots with enhanced capabilities, with all of the quality and reliability for which Sepro is well-known.

Sepro’s Touch 2 and Visual 2 and Visual 3 control systems will be available to visitors so they can see for themselves how easy they are to program. Using the same user interface as other Sepro controls, the Visual 3 platform extends simplicity of programming to the Sepro 6X Visual line of 6-axis robots. Part of the presentation will be a special demonstration of new technology that makes programming 6-axis robots easier than ever.

The S3 all-servo sprue picker, first introduced at Fakuma 2012, will also be shown.

A total of four Sepro robots will be featured on the Sumitomo Demag stand (Hall 15 D22), including an in-mold labeling (IML) system operating with a 280 injection-molding machine. Sepro Robotique developed the IML system in partnership with Machines Pagès, a specialist in IML systems for 25 years. The IML cell at K 2013 is built around a Sepro side-entry robot and modular label-handling units supplied by Machines. Sumitomo Demag will also demonstrate a Sepro 6X-60 Visual articulated-arm robot operating with a 50T molding machine, and an SDR 11S robot, which is a private-labeled Sepro Success robot specially designed for integration with the controls on the Sumitomo Demag machines. A SDR S5-25 unit will be operating on a 180T IMM.

At Haitian Plastics Machinery (Hall 15 A41), two more Sepro robots will be on display: a Success 11 operating on a 120T Haitian machine and an S5-35, the largest model in the S5 Line, will be running on a 550T IMM.

Romi Sandretto (Hall 15 D40) will be demonstrating a Success 22 on a 300T molding machine running a 12-sec cycle. Other machinery makers exhibiting Sepro robots include:

  • Billion (Hall 15 B24) with an 5X25 unit on a 150T IMM and a Success 11 on a 100T machine.

  • JSW Windsor (Hall 13 B41) demonstrating the new 5DualArm-11 with a 3-plate mold running on a 140T molding machine.

On the Stäubli stand (Hall 11 H11), they will be demonstrating the use of Sepro Visual 3 controls with a 6-axis Stäubli articulated-arm robot.

Founded in 1973 and now headquartered in La Roche-sur-Yon (France), Sepro Robotique was one of the first companies in the world to develop Cartesian beam robots for injection-molding machines, introducing its first CNC controlled “manipulator” in 1981. Today, Sepro is one of the largest independent sellers of Cartesian robots. Customers around the world are supported by wholly-owned daughter companies in Germany, Spain, Benelux, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and China. Numerous direct sales and service offices as well as independent business partners, distributors and service hubs that extend Sepro’s global network to over 40 other countries. The company’s global turnover is approximately €60 million, with 90% of sales exported from France and 40% sold outside of Europe. Sepro is the largest robot supplier to the automotive industry in Europe and North America, and has equipped more than 25,000 injection-molding machines worldwide.